Some AT&T customers with Android handsets have begun seeing a "5Ge" indicator when connected to the operator's LTE-Advanced network. Now, with its most recent operating system update, Apple users will begin seeing the same thing, according to news reports and Twitter posts.
To be clear: AT&T offers standards-based mobile 5G in parts of 12 markets with support from a mobile hot spot and plans to offer a millimeter wave-compatible handset from OEM Samsung in the first-half of this year. However, AT&T's so-called "5G Evolution" network uses LTE-A features, including 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM and multi-channel carrier aggregation.
Throughout 2019, expect to see numerous Android OEMs bring to market 5G smartphones based on Qualcomm's X50 modem. While Apple hasn't articulated its plans for a 5G phone, most industry watchers don't expect a 5G iPhone until sometime in 2020 which, to some extent, is attributed to ongoing disputes between Apple and Qualcomm.